Haskins Garden Centre in Crawley has announced its continued support of Alzheimer’s Society until 2020.
Haskins in Snowhill has been fundraising and raising awareness for the charity since January 2017. Now, the garden centre has revealed its continued support over the coming years.
The garden centre has so far raised £4,000 for the charity, with hopes of nearing the £10,000 mark by 2020.
Dave Lilly, the general manager said: “Alzheimer’s Society is a great charity which is close to our hearts. Many have been affected at some point by the challenges this disease has had on their friends and family.
“We are also working hard with the Society to become one of the first dementia-friendly garden centres in the area. Our staff are capable of supporting any of our customers diagnosed with dementia. I’m looking forward to continuing our support into 2020. We will be highlighting this when we relaunch our centre.”
Haskins consults Alzheimer’s sufferers
The rebuild has had input from Alzheimer’s Society’s Crawley Forward Thinkers. Haskins consulted a group of people living with dementia to make the new centre more dementia-friendly.
There are more than 1,100 people living with dementia in Crawley. Creating a dementia-friendly garden centre will help reduce stigma and make people feel more of a valuable part of society.
Members of the Crawley Forward Thinking Group visited Haskins in Snowhill during the summer.
Grahame said: “Visiting Snowhill was a positive experience for people affected by dementia. Having such lovely staff at Snowhill made such a massive difference to this. A few changes with the signage to help people find their way around and Snowhill isn’t far off at all.”
Jess Hillicks, community fundraiser, said: “We’re thrilled the Snowhill centre has chosen to support Alzheimer’s Society. So far the centre has run fundraising quiz nights and bucket collections. They’ve also accommodated our Dementia Community Roadshow.
“It’s also great news that the centre is working with our Crawley Forward Thinkers to support ongoing training.”